|First you plane rough sawn planks till they're smoooooth. I wear gloves..the edges become pretty sharp.|
|These are smooth, five metres long and very heavy.....|
|Then you use the spindle moulder to add a profile to another 5m length that you've previously cut and planed. Not so heavy, but bendy.....|
|150 metres of the two 'things' produces 8 bags of sawdust from the extractor. These are 4 feet high and when full, I cannot carry them. Told you there was a lot of dust!|
|So then you have metres and metres of moulding and you join them to the metres and metres of smooth planks. With glue and a bench vice.|
|I hold the end and take the weight and we feed it into the vice about a foot at a time. He clamps it tight to the count of three and we move to the next section. So you see what I mean when I say some of this is repetitive!|
Now in the best traditions, I need you to understand that this Apprenticeship is entirely an act of selfishness. We are lucky enough to have a lot of work. When this happens, Mr Dunnit gets a panic on and works seven days a week. I don't see him, he's shattered all the time and there seems no end to it. So I figure if I can help with it, I'll see more of him in the day time, and he'll be able to have at least one day off each weekend. So far so good. Win win. For ME. See? I rest MY case. And feel free to ask me if you need advice to manipulate the attention in any situation. As I said, it's my best skill.